University of Toledo offensive lineman Storm Norton (Toledo, Ohio) signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Lions on Saturday immediately following the conclusion of the NFL Draft.
Norton becomes the fourth Rocket to join an NFL team. Teammates Kareem Hunt (Kansas City), Michael Roberts (Detroit) and Treyvon Hester (Oakland) were all selected in the NFL Draft.
Norton, 6-8, 306 pounds, is a two-time, first-team All-MAC selection at left tackle. He was the leader of a unit that allowed just 14 sacks in 2016 and powered a Rocket offense that led the MAC in total offense (517.8) and passing offense (322.8). This past season he was on the official watch list for the Outland Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top interior lineman. He was also selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.
“It’s a blessing for me to get a chance to play at the next level,” said Norton. “There is a lot of work to be done, but I’m excited for the opportunity.”
Norton has the chance to join former teammate Roberts, who was drafted by the Lions in the fourth round. Although he has never had a favorite NFL team, he is excited for the opportunity to play about an hour from his hometown. “Ford Field is just right down the road from my house and my family. I definitely appreciate that,” said Norton.